Brogdale Farm Sold

Brogdale Farm’s New Owners Announced

We are pleased to announce, Brogdale Farm, housing over 3,000 varieties of fruit, including apples, pears, cherries, and plums, has been purchased by the East Malling Trust. This acquisition aligns with the trust’s mission to advance horticultural science and promises to enhance the visitor experience while preserving the farm’s unique heritage.

 

From its headquarters at Bradbourne House, The East Malling Trust actively supports the horticulture industry through its close working relationship with NIAB (The National Institute of Agricultural Botany), based at the charity’s 500-acre estate and science campus. NIAB, a research organisation which aims to improve the yield, efficiency and resilience of crop production across the arable, forage and horticulture sectors. 

 

Dr Oliver Doubleday, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The East Malling Trust said, “The move is consistent with our mission to advance scientific knowledge and innovation in horticulture; fits with our property portfolio; and utilises our existing estate management skills. We are committed to preserving and enhancing the unique heritage of Brogdale Farm and its collection, and improving the visitor experience. We also have an existing gene bank within the East Malling estate, and there is the potential for collaboration to drive forward future research that will benefit the fruit industry and society as a whole.”

 

Alan Roe, Chair of Brogdale Collections, said, “We have been extremely fortunate to have had such good relations with the owners of Brogdale Farm, who have been totally supportive of the charity and its ambitions.” 

He added, “We believe the new owners will continue such a close relationship and share our values, and we are pleased the ownership of Brogdale will be in such good hands.” Exciting collaborations and developments in fruit research and conservation are anticipated as a result of this strategic move.

 

Find out more about East Malling Trust here 

The National Fruit Collection is one of the largest fruit collections in the world and is located at Brogdale Farm, near Faversham, Kent.

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